March 30, 1915

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Emmanuel Berchmans Devlin

Liberal

Mr. DEVLIN:

I do not think the minis

ter understands my question. Take, for instance, the sale of the article known as citrate of magnesia; that and other articles have been examined by the department and it has been found that they do not contain the required basis of sodium or whatever specific they should contain. The department's inspectors so report. Is the minister going to allow that state of affairs to continue, or is he going to take steps to put an end to it.

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN:

Every time a complaint is received by the department our officers go to a store and ask for a sample in order that an examination of the article may be made, and if the article is found not up to standard, or deleterious to public health, the law jjrovides that proceedings may be taken against those who are selling it, and we intend to enforce that part of the law.

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN:

I am informed that proceedings have already been taken in the case that my hon. friend refers to.

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William F. Carroll

Liberal

Mr. CARROLL:

Has the attention of the department been called to the abnormal amount of alcohol contained in certain patent medicines that are kept for sale in various Canadian drug stores and in other licensed stores?

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN:

Yes, and the matter is under investigation.

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William F. Carroll

Liberal

Mr. CARROLL:

There have been many complaints in our part of the province, which is a prohibition province, that mixtures are sold in drug stores containing a percentage of alcohol sufficiently large to produce intoxication. I would like to know if the department has taken the proper steps in reference to this matter. It is to be regretted that stuff of that kind can be legally sold by drug stores and licensed vendors of patent medicines to young boys and very often young girls. I am not looking at it so much from the moral as from the physical aspect although both are bad.

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Frederick Laurence Schaffner

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SCHAFFNER:

Has the hon. gentleman in mind the names of any of these preparations?

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William F. Carroll

Liberal

Mr. CARROLL:

No, although I think

Peruna is one. I. understand that in _pur own police courts in Glace Bay and Sydney mixtures have been found on prisoners who have come in, which they had bought at drug stores and which contained such large percentages of alcohol that persons were sent to jail as common drunks as the result of having inbibed them.

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Frederick Laurence Schaffner

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SCHAFFNER:

The only one that

has come to my notice has been the one to which the hon. gentleman has referred -Peruna. I was wondering if there were others.

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN:

I am informed that this matter is supervised under the provincial law. The department sees to the collection of the duty on the alcohol used in the making of patent medicine, but the control of the sale of alcohol is with the Provincial Government.

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Frederick Forsyth Pardee

Liberal

Mr. PARDEE:

The department surely

will not grant them a license without having the power of supervision?

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March 30, 1915